Cllr Hazel Smyth trying out one of the hire bikes in Mullingar.

New bike share scheme resulting in shortage of bike racks - Smyth

The success of the new bike share scheme in Mullingar is resulting in a shortage of bike racks around the town, according to the chairperson of the Municipal District of Mullingar Kinnegad, Cllr Hazel Smyth.

At the June meeting, she called for more racks and bike shelters in the town centre, particularly at Buckley’s car park to facilitate those catching buses. She was told that there are 64 bike racks around the town, including at Austin Friars Street, Castle Street, Harbour Place shopping centre, the Market Square, Mount Street, Áras an Chontae, Oliver Plunkett Street, Dominick Square, Dominick Street, the train station, the Royal Canal greenway opposite Market Point and at Piper’s Boreen, Penney’s car park and at Aldi on the Green Road and Dublin Road.

Other locations, if put forward, can be considered.

Director of services David Jones noted Cllr Smyth’s call for more racks and a shelter at Buckley’s car park and promised to follow it up.

Cllr Smyth also asked that practical tips and advice on everyday actions to offset climate change be provided on the council website. This suggestion has been referred to the environment section for their response.